Before Schwols spoke, James Rogers eighth grade student Faythe Rea for winning the District Peace Poster contest. She was accompanied at the banquet by her mother, Staci Rea.
To start his speech, Schwols offered a few bits of advice from some very wise children. These included, “When Dad asks, ‘Do I look stupid?’ don’t answer;” “When Mom is mad at Dad, don’t let her brush your hair;” “When you want a kitten, ask for a pony first,” and “Never try to baptize a cat.”
Schwols encouraged the Lions to allow children to follow the career they seek and their ambition “to change the world.”
“That is where we get our replacements,” he said.
Schwols spoke of the power of persuasion and how that power can only come from enthusiasm.
“Persuade people to do your job because you can’t do it all by yourself,” he said. “Prepare thoroughly for events. Consider every possibility and keep good notes. Positively contagious people make a difference.”
Schwols said they must focus on peoples’ strengths and recognize them for their good efforts. When someone waits on you at a restaurant, he said, tell that person he or she is doing a good job.
“You’ll get better service,” he said. “It works.”
He told the story of a child who was asked to name the Seven Wonders of the World in class. Instead of the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon, the Panama Canal, Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Great Wall of China, the child up some alternatives: to see, to hear, to touch, to taste, to feel, to laugh and to love.
“And it’s been lovely to be here with you this evening,” he said. “Thank you for all the work you’ve done.”
Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey spoke to the crowd too. He said he had been warned not to mispronounce Schwols’ name.
“So Kenneth, I’m not,” he said, getting a good laugh from the audience. He then presented Schwols with the key to the city.
“Come to Cadiz anytime,” Bailey said. “You can get anything you need, unless that’s a jail.”
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